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Canada @ 150: Lessons for Nigerian youth By Chido Onumah

On July 1, 2017, Canada, the world’s second largest country after Russia, will be 150 years old. There is a year-long celebration of this milestone for a nation that prides itself on being one of the best, if not the best country in the world. Before the European colonialization in the early 16th century, Canada was inhabited by aboriginal people (the indigenous people of Canada). Canada’s history of coloni ...

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The Politics Of State Robbery In Nigeria, By Chido Onumah

Late last month, as a section of the country awaited the triumphant return of James Ibori, an ex-governor of Delta State, who was jailed, incidentally, in the UK for his egregious looting of his state’s treasury while in office, the Nigerian media landscape was abuzz with stories about the mind-boggling salaries, allowances and other perquisites of office that elected officials and state functionaries in th ...

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Ibori And A Nation United By Corruption, By Chido Onumah

One of the highlights of the year that has just ended was the release from a British jail of one of Nigeria's most notorious politically exposed persons (PEPs), James Onanefe Ibori. Ibori's rap sheet is as long as the 338km East-West Road in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, but the reason for his latest freedom was the conviction and sentencing—13 years in prison—by a Southwark Crown Court in April 2012 after ...

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Magu, DSS, Nigerian Senate and Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War By Chido Onumah

There are very few moments in a nation’s history that can equate the infamy that took place at the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Of course, this is Nigeria, where infamous acts by those who have purloined our country are an everyday occurrence. Two days ago, after months of prevarication the Nigerian senate, one half of the National Assembly that was described as a den of thieves and "unar ...

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Ndi Igbo, Leadership, Nationhood, the Nigerian Dilemma and Why We Are All Biafrans

Keynote address by Chido Onumah on the occasion of the 2016 National Convention of the Anambra State Association (ASA-USA), Dallas, Texas, USA, October 21, 2016. Protocols I am delighted to be with you this evening to share with you this momentous occasion of the 2016 National Convention of Anambra State Association (ASA-USA), the umbrella organization of Anambra indigenes in the United States. I congratula ...

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Dear President Buhari, Nigeria’s Unity Is Negotiable! By Chido Onumah

Since the public presentation of the book We Are All Biafrans and the intervention of a former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who chaired the event and delivered a speech titled “Restructuring for Nigeria’s national unity” – a speech I recommend to everyone interested in the unity and survival of Nigeria – the issue of restructuring Nigeria and negotiating its unity has once again taken the cent ...

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Moyosore – A journey of discovery, reappraisal, and rededication, By Chido Onumah

In a country where the value of human life is not worth more than that of a fly at a butcher’s shop; where misery is a constant companion and the candour of our politicians and rulers is the same candour that pimps extend to prostitutes, it is not out of place to celebrate every minute, every hour, every month, and every year. It is certainly not for nothing that “Happy new month” has become a refrain at th ...

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Bandits In Uniform, Or A Country Of Anything Goes, By Chido Onumah

I had a few sleepless nights last week. It had nothing to do with the searing heat in the country or the epileptic power supply by Nigeria’s eternally dysfunctional electricity company. My discomfiture had to do with the report about the heist at the Nigerian Air Force. The dizzying allegations of sustained robbery by the officers in charge, though not completely surprising, left me breathless. I ruminated ...

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Welcoming The Media Imagination in Nigerian Foreign Policy, By Chido Onumah

The recent visit of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to Nigeria presented an opportunity to rehash the view that Nigeria has not been given its due recognition in Africa. Of course, as expected, Mr. Zuma in his speech to the joint session of Nigeria’s National Assembly did touch on Nigeria’s role in the fight against Apartheid and its historical role in Africa. According to Mr. Zuma, “The people of Nige ...

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The Money Laundering Act And Its Discontents, By Chido Onumah

Late last month, President Muhammadu Buhari sent two executive bills to the National Assembly that border on the government’s commitment to strengthen the fight against corruption. The two bills are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill (2016) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill (2016). Coming this early in the life of the administration, and in the heat of the government ...

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Cadets from Hell, or civilizing the Nigerian military, By Chido Onumah

It’s been over a week now since the gut-wrenching video (http://saharareporters.com/videos/nigerian-army-cadet-tortures-man-complimenting-female-officer) of a group of cadets from the Nigerian military’s elite training school, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), brutalizing fellow citizens of the federal republic was made public. Since then, curious Nigerians have been waiting to see how the military will r ...

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Corruption Fights Back: EFCC vs A Reactionary Elite, By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem

Slowly but steadily, the ultra conservative wing of Nigeria’s largely self-absorbed and callous elite is spoiling for a fight. And it’s all about the renewed war against corruption which has induced in this group an emotion that can only be described as culture shock. As a result, the unconstructive and clearly combative reaction to a development that ordinarily should be applauded and encouraged by anyone ...

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